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A view of the lake at Lake Waccamaw State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Trails, restrooms, and boat ramps are open. The swimming pier and the visitor center remain CLOSED.

Campsites are open. Reservations must be made in advance through the reservations website or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Lake Waccamaw State Park


Contact the park
 

910-646-4748

lake.waccamaw@ncparks.gov

 

After hours

910-640-0140
 


Address
 

Visitor center

1866 State Park Drive
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450

GPS: 34.2790, -78.4654
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

News archive

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

New pedestrian bridge over Waccamaw Dam now open

 A pedestrian bridge over 300 feet long that crosses the dam at Lake Waccamaw is now complete. An accessible fishing platform is part of the new bridge.

The bridge will enable hikers and cyclists to access the Lake Shore Trail from the southwest end of the park and allow visitors to travel around the whole lake for a 14-mile trip. Currently, there is a 1.8-mile section where bicyclists must walk their bikes.

We hope to provide a path that will allow bicycles traverse the entire trail in the future.

 

Newest Campsite at Lake Waccamaw State Park

We have finally finished our newest campsite! Campsite 5 is the only one of it's kind at NC State Parks. The campsite is still relatively primitive, but it offers a permanent yurt-style tent on a 16' wide X 32' long platform. It has the same amenities as the other four campsites including a charcoal grill, fire ring, pit toilet nearby, and picnic table. There are two bed platforms inside the yurt-style tent.  Campers will need to supply their own mattresses or sleeping bags for the beds. The maximum capacity is six people.